Cars and Contraptions

The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Vol. 2

Ever wanted to make a car or some other type of moveable contraption using Legos? This book will spark your imagination and give you plenty of ideas of how to do it. Broke down into 3 sections: Vehicles, Moving without Tires and Special Mechanisms; pictures of completed projects and what parts are needed are at the top of every page. There are few words throughout this book but it is easy to see how the designs are made. In the introduction, it is made clear that the parts used are not the only ones that can be used and that builders should use what they have on hand, modifying the designs to make them work. In the back of the book is a list of the parts that were shown. However, there are several types of motors. Not all are needed but they are there to show the variety of ones that can be used. These designs are a bit complex so are not for the beginner Lego builder but for an older one. This book is perfect for the engineering type. This is volume 2 but it is independent of the first volume. I can see kids having a blast making many of these vehicles. These designs are to spark imagination and they will!

Book Blurb for Cars and Contraptions

This second volume of The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Cars and Contraptions, showcases small projects to build with LEGO Technic gears, motors, gadgets, and other moving elements. You'll find hundreds of clever, buildable mechanisms, each one demonstrating a key building technique or mechanical principle.

You'll learn to build four-wheel drive cars, adorable walking 'bots, steerable tanks, robotic inchworms, and cars that can follow the edge of a table!

Each model includes a list of required parts and colorful photographs that guide you through the build without the need for step-by-step instructions. As you build, you'll explore the principles of gear systems, power translation, differentials, suspensions, and more.

Age Range: 10 and up

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2015 5.00